Effective Partnerships
An example in water capacity development
Kees Leendertse
Zaragoza, 13/01.2014
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The global partnership
Types of partnership
What do they do?
What makes them work?
What are challenge...
The global partnership
Types of partnerships:

 Partner networks
 International partners
 Global thematic partnerships
What do they do?
Partner networks
 Deliver capacity
development activities
through member
organisations
 Coordinate elem...
What are effective partnerships? What makes them work?

 Define specific interests (climate change, groundwater,
energy)
...
What are challenges; how can partnerships improve?

 Communication: need to have a balanced 2- way
communication – beyond...
Assessing partnerships
 Focus on organizational change within a larger group of
organizations rather than single partners...
In summary
Partnerships:
 Represent opportunities and challenges
 Building on strengths of partners for enhanced knowled...
If you want to go fast – go
alone,
If you want to go far – get a
partner.
Thank you

www.cap-net.org
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Presentation on 'Effective partnerships: An example in water capacity development' by Kees Leendertse, Cap-Net at 2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Preparing for World Water Day 2014: Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability. 13-16 January 2014

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Effective partnerships: An example in water capacity development by Kees Leendertse, Cap-Net

  1. 1. Effective Partnerships An example in water capacity development Kees Leendertse Zaragoza, 13/01.2014
  2. 2. Outline • • • • • • The global partnership Types of partnership What do they do? What makes them work? What are challenges In summary
  3. 3. The global partnership
  4. 4. Types of partnerships:  Partner networks  International partners  Global thematic partnerships
  5. 5. What do they do? Partner networks  Deliver capacity development activities through member organisations  Coordinate elements of the global partnership  Contribute knowledge to capacity development material International partners  Contribute to capacity development materials  Facilitate in global rolling out of programmes  Pick up and disseminate programmes through their respective networks Global thematic networks  Contribute to the global network with topical inputs  Bring in partners worldwide for enhancing programmes and materials  Roll out programmes through their partners in collaboration with affiliated networks
  6. 6. What are effective partnerships? What makes them work?  Define specific interests (climate change, groundwater, energy)  Analyse who is on the ground: who is doing what  Trust and ownership: jointly own strengths and weaknesses  Develop clear MoUs with annual work plans  Voluntary: partners have a commitment the drive to push partnerships forward  Focus on collaboration rather than competition: clear understanding of distinctions & roles within the partnership– common interests  SMART (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic and Time related) Partnerships – be relevant and innovative (demand-driven & flexible) Who does what?
  7. 7. What are challenges; how can partnerships improve?  Communication: need to have a balanced 2- way communication – beyond emails (need feedback) timely responses – delayed communication affects performance  Ensure access of knowledge and material to everyone (partners on the ground) – information sharing  Evaluate the partnership regularly – measure effectiveness: outputs and results  Financial sustainability  Define management of the partnership clearly  Increase visibility – promoting the partnerships and their objectives/mandates Transparency and direction
  8. 8. Assessing partnerships  Focus on organizational change within a larger group of organizations rather than single partners  Need to be clear on goals and indicators – what can be measured and what can be described  Goals should be designed based on objectives and not whether they can be measured, and thus measurable indicators need to be defined  Change is a result of various actions shared between partners and not single force  Impact can be a result of long term institutional engagement – where challenges can change from one moment to another. There is a need to respond to various challenges over a long period of time to ensure impact is sustained  Attribution – separate outputs from results
  9. 9. In summary Partnerships:  Represent opportunities and challenges  Building on strengths of partners for enhanced knowledge and further outreach  Transparency is key; sharing of responsibilities as well  Relevance and results are to be assessed regularly
  10. 10. If you want to go fast – go alone, If you want to go far – get a partner.
  11. 11. Thank you www.cap-net.org
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